Saturday, February 2, 2008

Kenya - "Peace Plan"

The two rivals have agreed to a "peace plan" -- sort of...

The two sides signed a four-point agenda that said they would complete talks within 15 days on measures to end the political crisis.

Former UN chief Kofi Annan who is acting as a mediator between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga announced: "We believe within 7 to 15 days, we should be able to tackle the first three agenda items. The first is to take immediate action to stop the violence."

Odinga continues to blame Kibaki for the violence while dodging accusations that he is stoking the violence:

The violence came as Mr Odinga, who leads the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), responded to Mr Kibaki's suggestion that the opposition should challenge the election result in court.

"Mr Kibaki... is undermining the [peace] process by saying the problems in Kenya can be resolved locally by court action," he said.

Mr Odinga also denied claims that the ODM had instigated the violence.

"[Kibaki] is trying to cover up the ethnic cleansing that is occurring in his own backyard in central Kenya," he said.
This "peace plan" seems to be nothing...just an agreement to have an agreement, while people die. It seems to me that Odinga is motivated by power to the exclusion of Kenya's interests. Even if the election was stolen, one who is seeking office for the right reasons will secede for the good of the nation, then continue to work through other channels to bring about the required change.

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